Congressman introduces bill to double maximum prison sentence for insurrection after Capitol siege

Rep. Josh Gottheimer introduced legislation that would double the maximum sentence for the crime of insurrection from 10 to 20 years in light of the violence that gripped the Capitol on Jan. 6.

The New Jersey Democrat announced his bill, the Stopping Domestic Terrorists Act, on Friday.

“What happened on January 6th at the Capitol — while members like myself were told to duck under chairs in the House Gallery as a violent mob broke down the doors of the House Chambers — was a violent extremist attack on our democracy. We can never let that happen again,” Gottheimer said.

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